Hey everyone! Summer break is about to start here, woo!
Okay! So I'm training my boyfriend's mare. She is a paint, about to be three years old. Her name is Brassus.
Some history, they caught her as a six month old. She was emaciated, skinny, had an eye injury. (she still has it, I'm not sure what caused it. I think she has a little vision loss as she is spookier on that side)
Anyway, they put weight on her and all that but didn't exactly teach her good ground manners. She pushy and impacient, testy... But she's manageable.
My boyfriend's friend worked with her twice. (saddled and lead with someone on her) Then wasn't allowed to anymore because he waaay overworked her.
His dad then asked me to. So I have put two rides on her. Saddled with reins attatched to her halter.
I saddle her, then move the saddle side to side, hit the seat, flap the sturrips, drop the cinch off the other side on purpose to desensitize her. She takes it all good.
Once I'm on her we stretch, I ask her to bring her nose around and reach for my toes on both sides. I rub all over her shoulders, neck butt, take my feet and move around on her shoulders and chest. Then ask to move forward but a tap with my legs and a kissy sound, no movement then a harder kick and kissy sound, then raising my hand continuing to kick (not hard) then a smack on the booty with the cotton split reins. She usually moves off on at least the harder kick, it rarely takes a smack.
She turns decent, gets kinda stubborn.. She usually won't walk very far but it's a start right.
I brought my bit yesterday because they only had curb bits, my bit is a copper-mouthed single-jointed egg-buty snaffle. I put it on her once we were done riding and let her wear it while I unsaddled her and brushed her. She just mouthed it but eventually stopped and let it sit, then I took it off.
Then we did a short groundwork session, with me walking and stopping and changing direction so she had to pay attention or trip or get popped in the chest for running into me. Lots of backing out of my space, hind yeilding.. She did good then got to get put up.
Am I doing good? And so far we ride in a fairly closed area, what should she be able to do here before we can go ride in a 15 acre pasture?
Thanks for your time! I'll start a training thread for her soon :)
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